All stories by Sreehari Nair
You Know What's Sadder Than National Film Awards?Rediff.com25 Aug 2023
We are back to being a country that talks about box office numbers as the measure for what an audience's real feelings about a movie are, laments Sreehari Nair.
1001 Nunakal Review: When Confessions Go WrongRediff.com18 Aug 2023
Though the lies hardly go beyond extramarital affairs and conception problems, they are laid out by arresting storytellers who raise the stakes while speaking in tongues not wiped clean to make progressive points (No Made in Heaven-type diddling, here), notes Sreehari Nair.
Mirror Puts The Dance Back Into Lust StoriesRediff.com19 Jul 2023
Konkona Sen Sharma's short Mirror in Lust Stories 2 is a rare thing: A feminist film that is also very, very funny, states Sreehari Nair.
No, Friends is Not The Best Sitcom Ever!Rediff.com14 Jul 2023
'The pride of the devoted Seinfeld fan is that he happens to love a show that doesn't take his love for granted, so that even on repeat viewings he is never really sure what directions an episode might take,' observes Sreehari Nair.
10 Classic Malayalam Films On OTTRediff.com4 May 2023
These films, even at their saddest, darkest and grossest, retain their sense of humour, their sense of proportion, which again is something you associate with a Malayali.
Mammootty Gets Off A Bus; Goes Down A Rabbit HoleRediff.com17 Mar 2023
Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam is a masterpiece, and like most masterpieces of the cinema, it's a great act of folly, observes Sreehari Nair.
When Pathaan's Villain Made You ThinkRediff.com9 Feb 2023
Let us get high on Pathaan and his simple-minded antics, sure, but let us also take a moment to think about Jim who, with that one cunning piece of dialogue, goes on to boldly state that patriotism is a many-hued thing, observes Sreehari Nair.
Saudi Vellakka: Every Face CountsRediff.com17 Jan 2023
I thought Saudi Vellakka a glancing, loving depiction of the judicial system as a pageantry filled with performers trying to do right by everyone, do everything by the book, and failing despite their best attempts, observes Sreehari Nair.
Gold Review: Confused Crime CaperRediff.com9 Jan 2023
Once you are done paying your respect to God and Grasshoppers, you circle back to the human beings in Gold, and that's when things become progressively more and more muddled, observes Sreehari Nair.
Indian Movies I Loved in 2022Rediff.com22 Dec 2022
In a year of overwrought spectacles that slavishly sucked up to the audience, I found refuge in a bunch of 'mainstream' Indian films that espoused such old-fashioned values as dedication to craft, close observation and casual bravery, explains Sreehari Nair.
Revenge Of The Nepo KidRediff.com24 Nov 2022
Sikandar Kher's Nishikant Adhikari is a solitary poet by the corner, trying to remind us that the honest plans of honest people don't always come to respectable ends, observes Sreehari Nair.
Rorschach, Mammootty and the Unfeeling Indian HeroRediff.com10 Nov 2022
After a lifetime of showing us what it means to 'act at the top of one's bent and never hit a false note', Mammootty had the good sense, in the third act of his career, to pare down his style, become less mannered, draw directly from life. And getting a performer like that to play characters who seem 'completely dead inside', is, in my view, a betrayal of his legacy, his still-burning ambition, and his still-sharp feelers, observes Sreehari Nair.
Doctor G: Lazy, Dishonest, FilmRediff.com5 Nov 2022
Doctor G is outwardly all for women, but evidently has no interest in them, observes Sreehari Nair.
'It's like asking Harsha Bhogle to bat'Rediff.com25 Oct 2022
'The common ground between a film-maker and a film critic is a mad masochistic love for the movie.'
13 Ways Of Looking At Mani RatnamRediff.com7 Oct 2022
Does the "story" of a Mani Ratnam film come first or does its "spirit" asks Sreehari Nair.
Thallumaala Won't Let You Breathe Or BlinkRediff.com19 Aug 2022
Friendships are not merely severed, but built over scuffles. And just about anything can stir things up -- a long-standing feud, a pointless stare, a disrupted moral stance, a fist that ricochets off a face and smacks another face in the near vicinity, observes Sreehari Nair.
RRR And KGF: When Money Gives You RootsRediff.com18 Aug 2022
'I believe it's not the success of RRR or KGF that we must actually investigate but what makes these two films our marquee events,' argues Sreehari Nair.
Darlings Is Daring, Not SuperficialRediff.com12 Aug 2022
I cannot think of another Hindi movie that has, without so much as a hint of cynicism or speechifying, brought out that fundamental fact of Muslims being an integral part of the Indian culture while being at the same time a subculture with its own polite niceties, observes Sreehari Nair.
Finally! An Indian Coming-Of-Age Movie For GrownupsRediff.com30 Jul 2022
Dear Friend is for those who idealised Dil Chahta Hai all out of proportion, and then warmed up to the premise that friendship could be a lot more complicated, and transient, observes Sreehari Nair.
Lijo Jose Pellissery's Women And MineRediff.com11 Jul 2022
Pellissery's women continue to express the beauty in our common humanity. And often, these women go so far into expressing our hopes, desires, absurdities and follies that they end up acting at variance with the ethical prescriptions of our age. And this, I believe, is precisely why they remain "invisible" to a whole bunch of viewers, says Sreehari Nair.